Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Love and Death: The Story of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were criminals who were wildly in love and captured the hearts of Depression era America due to their poor background and blazen flaunting of disregard for the law. After going on a crime spree that included robbery, kidnapping, prison escape, and murder, the two eventually met an inevitable and violent death. This documentary tells the story of their poor upbringings, courtship and highly publicized crime spree through interviews with biographers, historians, and even relatives of the duo. The film makes great use of archive footage, photographs, and recreations from their era. I was surprised how violent and ruthless both Bonnie and Clyde were, compared to the more romanticized depiction in the classic Arthur Penn movie. "Love and Death: The Story of Bonnie and Clyde" makes great use of available materials to tell the story of two tragic and madly in love bank robbers.